Who counts? 2. Civil registration systems and vital statistics: successes and missed opportunities


Author(s): Mahapatra P, Shibuya K, Lopez AD, Coullare F, Notzon FC on behalf of the Monitoring Vital Events (MoVE) Writing Group

Year: 2007

Lancet 20007. 370(9599):1653-1663.
The need for reliable national statistics for births, deaths, and causes of death has never been greater - but countries and developmental partners have not recognised this as a priority. Authors of the second paper look at inconsistency the lack of data from sub-Saharan Africa and the inconsistency in data from developed countries. They conclude: "It is unacceptable for us to be as ignorant about the state of a nation's health in 50 years time as we are today.

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